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Steve Pearce swats 13th home run Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 4-3 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

Pearce has started to heat back up over the last four games, going 7 for 18 with four doubles and two home runs. He hadn't managed a multi-hit performance since July 19 before his current stretch. Pearce owns a .289/.353/.520 line with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 256 at-bats.

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Kevin Quackenbush earns first save Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Padres pitcher Kevin Quackenbush picked up his first career save Wednesday, giving up a hit but pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 4-1 win over the Dodgers.

Regular closer Joaquin Benoit is dealing with a shoulder issue, opening the door for Quackenbush to enter the game in a save opportunity. He owns a 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 37:13 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings.

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Eric Stults tosses five one-run innings vs. Dodgers
by R.J. White |

Padres pitcher Eric Stults earned a win Wednesday, allowing just one earned run on four hits and one walk in five innings while striking out five in his team's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers.

Stults (6-13) moved to 3-0 over his last four starts, and he's only allowed four earned runs in 24 2/3 innings during that stretch. Wednesday's sole run came on a third-inning sacrifice fly, and the San Diego starter also managed to deliver his own RBI single in the second inning. Stults owns a 4.53 ERA and 86:34 K:BB ratio in 135 innings. He's scheduled to face the Brewers Monday.

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Roberto Hernandez lasts five innings in loss vs. Padres
by R.J. White |

Dodgers pitcher Roberto Hernandez took a loss Wednesday, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in five innings and striking out two in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Padres.

Hernandez (7-9) surrendered just three hits in six innings in each of his first two starts with the Dodgers, but he couldn't find that groove Wednesday, though all eight hits allowed were singles. He owns a 3.78 ERA and 87:61 K:BB ratio in 138 innings. Hernandez is scheduled to face the Diamondbacks Tuesday.

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Edwin Jackson could be destined for bullpen role
by R.J. White |

Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson may be headed to the bullpen after giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his latest start Wednesday, reports.

"We're going to assess and evaluate and see where we go," manager Rick Renteria said.

Jackson has turned in just two quality starts in his last nine outings, going 1-6 during that stretch and watching his ERA rise from 4.99 to 6.09.

"No one wants to be moved," Jackson said Wednesday. "The only thing you can do if you don't like it is go out there and pitch out of jams. I have to get back to having fun. Tonight was an example of absolutely not doing that. Just being uptight and battling yourself."

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Carlos Contreras allows two runs, leaves with apparent injury
by R.J. White |

Reds pitcher Carlos Contreras was removed from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent injury.

Contreras allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning, but appeared to misstep on a pitch and was taken out. Manager Mike Matheny didn't give an update on the pitcher's status after the game.

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Brennan Boesch optioned to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik |

The Angels have optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Wednesday.

Boesch was sent down so that the team could add a pitcher. With Garrett Richards expected to miss time, the club could promote a replacement. Boesch hit .129 over 31 at-bats.

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Trevor Rosenthal earns 37th save Wednesday
by R.J. White |

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 37th save Wednesday, walking one while recording the final two outs in his team's 7-3 win over the Reds.

The Cardinals entered the ninth inning up 7-0, but Rosenthal was called up with runners at second and third base and three runs already home. He retired the first batter he faced, issued a walk to load the bases and finished off the game with a ground ball to the shortstop. Rosenthal owns a 3.57 ERA and 74:35 K:BB ratio in 58 innings.

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Salvador Perez to have MRI Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

Royals catcher Salvador Perez will have an MRI on his injured knee Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Perez missed Wednesday's game due to the issue. He complained of knee tightness Monday, but was able to play through the injury Tuesday. Despite the MRI, manager Ned Yost remains adamant that the injury is not serious. 

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Chad Qualls unavailable Wednesday with back issue
by Chris Cwik |

Astros pitcher Chad Qualls was unavailable Wednesday due to a back injury, according to the Houston Chronicle

Jose Veras picked up the save with Qualls sidelined. Manager Bo Porter said he expects Qualls to be available out of the bullpen Thursday.

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